Take a Stand With Your Life on Land #SDG15 – [GSC 17/17, Week 15]

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The Global Challenge
People need nature to thrive. Deforestation – which takes place around the world at a rate of 13 million hectares per year – is due largely to commercial agriculture. The loss of forest also causes loss of biodiversity, leading to low crop productivity and value, in a vicious cycle. At the same time, deforestation drives climate change. Where drought and desertification degrades land, 20 million tons of grains could have been grown each year. These interlocking causes and effects are the focus of SDG 15: Life on Land.
Your Business Opportunity
Businesses can begin working on SDG 15 by finding out how suppliers source materials. (Here are lists of key products to avoid and question.) Businesses can go beyond assessing their environmental impacts, and find pressure points to connect across supply chains and industries to sustain the natural habitats that enable their businesses to thrive.
Make a Difference with Action on Goal 15
SDG 15 calls to “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
  Align your Company or Institution with Best Practices on Biodiversity

Responsible Down Standard
The Responsible Down Standard was developed by The North Face and is managed by the non-profit Textile Exchange. It is a global animal-welfare and traceability standard using an established chain-of-custody process to help companies source down from ducks and geese that haven’t been force-fed or live-plucked for their feathers. Supporters include Adidas, REI and Timberland. Learn more.

Biodiversity for Banks
Financial institutions face risks associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services in their lending decisions. To help them overcome the challenge of incorporating these risks, the Equator Principles Association – along with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) – has launched the “Biodiversity for Banks” program (B4B). Learn more.
Club De Excelencia en Sostenibilidad
The Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad has collected Best Business Practices in Biodiversity Management in a catalogue of 40 projects carried out by large Spanish companies and SMEs to preserve the flora, fauna, habitats and water resources. Club members include BASF, Cemex, and Vodaphone. Learn more.
 Identify Biodiversity Hotspots in your Supply Chain
SDG 15

Biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of unique species. Healthy ecosystems provide important services for human well-being, such as clean air and water, flood and climate control, and soil regeneration, as well as food, medicines and raw materials.
Identify biodiversity hot spots in your supply chain in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, North and Central America and South America. Learn more.

Biodiversity Hotspots

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 15
Unilever
Unilever has achieved its target of only sourcing from sustainable palm oil, and is now pursuing “total traceability” to certified sustainable sources. Any prospective supplier to Unilever must ensure that their environmental practices are up to date. Learn more.
EcoPlanet Bamboo 
This company seeks to industrialize bamboo as a viable and environmentally attractive alternative fiber for timber manufacturing industries. EcoPlanet Bamboo seeks to provide bamboo-based replacements for products that contribute to deforestation. By using only degraded land for its bamboo plantations, the company avoids competing with food production, and restores land into fully functioning ecosystems. The plantations are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) to ensure responsible management.
In June 2016 EcoPlanet Bamboo tripled the size of its Ghana operations, allowing it to create its first closed-loop, low-footprint, bamboo-based bio-refinary, while restoring an entire forest ecosystem and providing 1,500 jobs in an area of extreme rural poverty. The agreement is signed under a public-private partnership with the Government of Ghana, through the Ghana Forestry Commission. Learn more.
Ralph Lauren and Etsy 
These companies are among the 16 who recently made commitments to combat wildlife crime, both trafficking and consumer demand, which “is urgently threatening our planet’s most iconic species,” according to WWF. WWF adds that companies can “have a direct impact on the wildlife crime crisis by securing their supply chains and empowering consumers to make responsible purchases.”
JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase is the founding sponsor of NatureVest, an initiative of The Nature Conservancy to drive investment in conservation. NatureVest brings together conservation leaders, communities, policymakers and investors to build the field of conservation finance. Learn more.
LVMH Group
The wealth of biodiversity is “absolutely indispensable” to LVMH’s brands, the Group says, explaining its commitment to regulatory compliance and “well beyond.”  LVMH is the first private sector enterprise to hold a seat on the board of the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), and is a member of the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP), which brings together luxury industry stakeholders to develop and promote sustainable practices for the sourcing of raw materials and natural resources. Learn more.
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Forest Stewardship Certified 
FSC certification ensures that products come from well-managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Along the supply chain, FSC certification can provide benefits such as access to new markets. Learn more.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
RSPO collaborates with all links in the global palm oil supply chain to transform markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), which can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. Learn more.
Conservation International 
CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity, including by supporting protection of biodiversity hotspots around the world. Learn more.
European Business and Biodiversity Platform
The European Business and Biodiversity (B@B) Platform provides an EU level forum for sustained and strategic dialogue about the links between business and biodiversity. B@B works with business to develop tools and approaches that integrate biodiversity considerations into business practice. The Platform also helps to coordinate and to raise awareness of innovative national and international initiatives, and showcase business best practices at EU level. Learn more.
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
GRSB is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The GRSB “envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.” See GRSB’s membership, comprising producers, commerce and processing, retail, civil society, and roundtables. McDonald’s is a founding member.
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2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: Cookswell Jikos
Cookswell Jikos is exploring the seed-to-ash cycle of sustainable forestry based biomass energy. Their woodfuel security system uses locally sourced, recycled materials, local labor, and provides for a comprehensive closed-loop renewable wood energy system.

2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: Cookswell Jikos

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How These Companies are Showing Leadership for Protecting Life Below the Water #SDG14

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The Global Challenge
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and the oxygen we breathe, are ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. But ocean acidification has risen 26% since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter can be found on every square kilometer of ocean. Currently, 30% of the world’s fish stocks are overexploited compromising their ability to produce sustainable yields.
Your Business Opportunity
The oceans are estimated to have financial worth of US$24 trillion, including the jobs they generate in tourism, biotechnology, fishing and shipping. Given the scale of the oceans and ocean-related challenges, collaborative platforms are necessary for each actor to have an impact.
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GSC Expert Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Make a Difference on SDG 14
SDG 14 calls to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” Its targets address marine pollution (target 14.1), conserving, restoring marine and coastal ecosystems and building their resilience (14.2 and 14.5), minimizing acidification (14.3), ending overfishing and destructive fishing and restoring fish stocks (14.4 and 14.6), and increasing economic benefits of marine sources for developing countries, including small islands.
  Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 14
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Boots, King of Shaves, Marks and Spencer, Unilever
Target 14.1
By the end of 2016, these four companies will stop producing items that contain plastic microbeads. Marks and Spencer reports that it has reformulated all products six months ahead of that commitment, to ensure nothing is made using microplastics. In addition, L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson, and Reckitt Benckiser will stop making products with plastic microbeads by 2017. Learn more.
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Saltwater Brewery
Targets 14.1, 14.2
The Saltwater Brewery, a craft microbrewery in in Florida, US, has designed and produced biodegradable, edible, compostable beer six-pack rings, to protect marine life. The rings are made with beer-making byproducts. The Brewery says the rings do not trap marine life such as ducks, turtles and fish, nor cause them to die from ingesting plastic. The NGO PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – has awarded the Brewery its Compassionate Business Award in recognition of the invention, and advises beer drinkers to crush used cans flat and cut up plastic six-pack rings. Saltwater says its goal is to “maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back to the ocean,” through collaboration with Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and other NGOs. Learn more.
Jet Blue
Targets 14.2, 14.5
Through a partnership with the Ocean Foundation, Jet Blue is quantifying the economic value of coastal conservation. Jet Blue says that “by attempting to attach actual dollar values to unspoiled shorelines,” it aims to strengthen interest in protecting destinations’ ecosystems and promote the economic importance of shoreline conservation. The project is part of Jet Blue’s commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative.  In another partnership, the airline works with the Surfrider Foundation to protect, preserve and clean the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Learn more.
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Tiffany & Co.
Target 14.2
The Tiffany & Co. Foundation opposes the removal of coral from the oceans for use in jewelry or home décor, a “simple business decision” to eliminate coral from its products and invest in efforts to protect coral reefs. The Foundation has invested over $10 million since 2000 in Mission Blue, Pew Environment Group and Oceans 5, among other organizations, to support research, preservation and management of coral reefs, and educate consumers, marine tourism providers and others of the importance of corals and marine ecosystems. Learn more.
Google
In collaboration with Global Fishing Watch and Oceana, technology being developed by Google has the potential to stem illegal fishing, by tracking fishing vessels and mapping activity. Learn more.
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Our Oceans Challenge
Our Oceans Challenge (OOC) is a partner network of companies, such as KPMG, committed to generating innovative business models that promote clean and healthy oceans, through financial support as well as sharing expertise and know-how with entrepreneurs and start-ups. Learn more.
Evaluate Certification Options
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade issued a report showing that the percentage of seafood certified as sustainable has increased from 0.5% of global production in 2005, to 14% in 2015. The majority of certification schemes, however, do not address protection of worker’s rights, the groups reported.  Learn more.
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How These Companies are Showing Leadership for Climate and Environment #SDG13

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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change, which affects every country in the world by threatening global development and undermining the foundation of the global economy. Already, crop yields have declined, the sea level has risen, and people are experiencing more extreme weather events. The poorest and most vulnerable people are affected the most, but “emissions anywhere affect people everywhere.”
Your Business Opportunity
Temperature increase can still be limited to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but it requires changes in behavior and technological measures to enable “leapfrogging” to cleaner, more resilient economies. Companies can show leadership by setting emission reduction targets, reporting on performance, increasing investment in renewable energy and low-carbon technology, promoting carbon pricing, and supporting political action to address climate change.
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Make a Difference with Action on SDG 13
SDG 13 calls to “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” Its targets address:
  • resilience to climate-related hazards and natural disasters
  • making climate change and low-carbon development part of national strategies
  • education and awareness raising, and
  • mobilizing US $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the mitigation needs of developing countries
Identify Climate-related Challenges in your Supply Chain
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American Public Health Association
One of climate change’s most tangible impacts is on public health, through harming the water supply, increasing vector-borne disease, and increasing extreme weather events. Learn more about climate and health.
Align your Company with Best Practices in Climate Policy
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The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy has identified several ways to assess responsible engagement of a company on climate change. Based on its rapid diagnostic tool, here are five actions to ensure your company is climate-responsible:
  1. Map how the impacts of climate change—and the policy responses—will transform your markets in the years ahead.
  2. Issue a public statement on climate policy. Ensure it aligns with what the science says.
  3. Ensure your lobbyists—and your trade group’s lobbyists—are advocating for policies that advance your company’s public climate goals.
  4. Find out if any individuals or groups (inside or outside the company) are misrepresenting your company’s policy positions.
  5. Track and disclose (e.g., to CDP) your objectives and influences in climate policy debates.
Learn from Leaders Reducing Carbon Emissions
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Fetzer Vineyards
As part of its shift to carbon-neutral wine-growing practices, Fetzer has implemented a wastewater treatment system that will reduce the power needed to clean wastewater by 85%, saving 1 million kwh/year. The winery has been accredited as a “Certified B Corporation.” It is the largest winery in the world to receive this certification.
The company participated in the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, highlighting that the wine industry is especially vulnerable to a warming climate, which could affect the grape varieties that can be grown. Concha y Toro, Moet Chandon, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, and Chateau Maris also participated in the Paris event. Learn more.
Barclays
Barclays reduced its carbon emissions by 21.7% in 2015, exceeding its target of a 10% reduction. One way that it reduced emissions was by offsetting, through purchasing credits certified to the Voluntary Carbon Standard. VCS affirms that projects help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and are both auditable and traceable. The credits purchased through offsetting fund projects that improve energy efficiency or generate renewable energy. Learn more.
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Fairview Cheesery
Fairview is the first carbon neutral cheesery in Africa. The Cheesery first assessed its annual carbon footprint, and then created an emissions reduction project, through both emission avoidance (solar panels, energy-efficient light bulbs, steam heat) and emission sequestration (tree planting), with guidance from the carbon management consultancy Earth Patrol. Learn more.
Air Canada
Air Canada has joined Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), which aims to improve the operational framework for integrating sustainable aviation biofuel, known as “biojet,” into the airport fuel system. Air Canada said biojet can help achieve the long-term industry goals of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. Learn more.
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Sales Force
The IT company Sales Force describes its cloud computing mode as a “sustainable alternative to on-premises systems,” noting that it is 98% more carbon efficient than on-premises software. The company aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and measures and analyzes its global environmental performance to inform reduction programs and disclose carbon emissions annually to CDP. Learn more.
Sales Force’s Founder, Chair and CEO Marc Benioff is one of the leaders of the B Team, which stresses that when natural resources disappear, “so do businesses, livelihoods and economies.’ The B Team aims to ensure that member companies “significantly reduce their environmental impacts and invest in new business models that help regenerate the environment.” It urges business leaders to strive towards net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, by actions such as reallocating capital within their businesses to drive the required innovation. Learn more.
Partner with the UN to Scale Up Action on Climate
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BNP Paribas-CDM
BNP Paribas is working with the United Nations to create a “green bond” to finance projects certified by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said using CDM rules provides assurances on the bond’s “greenness,” and will make the certified projects a “very attractive investment” in terms of emission reductions. Learn more. BNP Paribas is also involved in a campaign to ask Exxon Mobil to assess how it would fare financially under tighter carbon restrictions. Learn more about BNP Paribas’ environmental responsibility practices.
Caring for Climate
Caring for Climate is the UN’s initiative for business leadership on climate change. It was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, and is jointly convened by the UN Global Compact, the UNFCCC and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It aims to mobilize a “critical mass of business leaders” to take climate action through policies and solutions. CEOs who sign on set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and publicly disclose emissions. Learn more.
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DHL-OCHA-UNDP
Mail and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group has partnered with the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to prepare airports and personnel for disasters. Airports are the main access points for receiving aid when a disaster occurs, and can also become a bottleneck, due to damages and lack of capacity. The Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) partnership works with cargo operators, emergency services, security, customs and management to identify potential obstacles to relief and make recommendations for contingency planning. GARD has been implemented at airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka. In 2016 GARD workshops will continue in Honduras, Mauritius and Nepal. GARD is part of DHL’s “Living Responsibly” Corporate Responsibility program. Learn more.
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Science Based Targets Initiative
The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF to help companies determine the amount of emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. The initiative aims to ensure corporations play a major role in closing the emissions gap left by country commitments. Coca Cola Enterprises, Dell, Enel and PostNord are among the companies that have developed science-based targets approved by the Initiative. Learn more.
The Climate Group
The international non-profit works in China, Europe, India and the US to catalyze low-carbon leadership. The Climate Group works with businesses to develop smart climate strategies to “give them the edge in the world’s growing low carbon market.” Partners include Bloomberg, IKEA, and Landsea. Learn more.
Carbon Tracker
Carbon Tracker is an independent think tank focused on financial, energy and legal analysis to enable a “climate secure global energy market.” It analyzes the impact of climate change on capital markets and investment in fossil fuels, and maps the route to a low-carbon future. Learn more.
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Asset Owners Disclosure Project
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), an independent non-profit, aims to protect asset owners from the risks posed by climate change, by working with pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and others to improve disclosure, rebalance investments between high- and low-carbon assets, and realign the investment chain to adopt long-term investment practices. A recent AODP report found that almost half of the world’s top investors are doing “nothing at all” to mitigate climate risk, and thus they are “gambling with the savings and financial security of hundreds of millions of people.” Learn more.
Sustainable Shipping Initiative
With 90% of the world’s international trade traveling by sea, shipping accounts for 3-4% of global CO2 emissions. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is a coalition of shipping leaders seeking to address the sector’s opportunities and challenges, and working for a shipping industry “in which sustainability equals success.” Bunge and Cargill are two of SSI members. Learn more.
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The Global Sourcing & Cloud Summit presented by The World BPO/ITO Forum
Tuesday, June 14th (Evening networking reception June 13th)
This exclusive executive summit is tailored for C-suite and senior decision-makers from mid to large-cap U.S. enterprise companies, currently using sourcing and cloud services or are interested in evaluating these opportunities.
As a partner of The World BPO/ITO Forum, GSC community members that qualify” will receive a complimentary pass. Register with code: VIPGSC.
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How these Global Leaders are Making a Difference with Sustainable Consumption/Production #SDG12

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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge
We all must do more with less, and SDG 12 is about specific ways to do achieve this. Currently, sustaining the lifestyle of everyone on Earth will require three Earths by 2050, with expected population growth.
Your Business Opportunity
Using resources more efficiently reduces costs for those who pay for them, including businesses. But for many companies, their supply chains’ scale and complexity poses challenges to enacting sustainable practices. Many examples and resources are available to support supply chain sustainability.
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Make a Difference with Action on SDG 12
SDG 12 calls to “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” (SCP). Its targets address efficiency in the use of natural resources; sustainable management of natural resources; food waste and food losses in production; managing chemicals and wastes to reduce their release into air, water and soil; reducing waste generation (recycling, etc.); corporate sustainability reporting; public procurement; awareness-raising about sustainable lifestyles; sustainable tourism; and wasteful consumption of fossil fuels.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 12
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JSW Foundation
(SDG Target 12.2:
By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources)
JSW is a conglomerate with footprints in steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, ventures and sports. JSW’s foundation emphasizes water conservation as part of responsible consumption. In Barmer, Rajasthan, India, the JSW Foundation works with the Watershed Organisation Trust and the community to revive large tracts of arid land. The project has revived 24 water tanks and rejuvenated 95 hectares of land. The Foundation is also working towards facilitating rainwater harvesting in the plants premises and surrounding communities. Learn more.
Nespresso
(SDG Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse)
Nespresso has installed 14,000 collection points for its plastic coffee capsules around the world. The company notes that recycling aluminum generates only 5% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared with primary aluminum, and its light weight results in transportation and environmental savings when compared to other packaging materials. Learn more.
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Tesco
(SDG Target 12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses)
Tesco was the first British retailer to reveal data on its food waste, which it put at 28,500 tonnes in the first half of the year. Tesco has announced steps to reduce food waste, including by: ending multiple-buy offers on large bags of salad (68% of all salad grown to be sold in bags ends up wasted); working with growers to reduce pests and disease of fruits, improve transport, educate customers about storage tips (40% of apples, 25% of grapes, 20% of bananas are wasted); and phasing out “sell-by” and “display until’ labels used in stores. Tesco’s Group Chief Executive David Lewis is chairing the Champions 12.3 coalition to support the reduction of food loss and waste in line with the SDG target. Lewis says Tesco is “committed to tackling food waste not only in our own operations but also through strong and effective partnerships with our suppliers and by helping our customers reduce waste and save money.” Learn more.
Also joining the trend to reduce food waste are grocery brands Intermarche, Asda, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, Raleys, Associated, Safeway, which are educating customers about the hidden beauty of “ugly fruit” and other “recovered” foods. Learn more here and here.
Vestas
(SDG Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse)
Vestas is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy. It has set a target to make turbines 3% more efficient by 2020, compared to 2010 baseline. It also has initiated research on recycling of its blade materials, to “overcome the major obstacle in wind turbine recyclability” and reduce product waste. Vestas is a member of the GenVind Innovation Consortium, which seeks to enable sustainable recycling of plastic composites. Learn more.
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Positive Luxury
(SDG Target 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle)
Positive Luxury has created an index to rank luxury brands by ethical and sustainability standards. The “Butterfly Mark” is awarded to companies in the fields of travel and hospitality, fashion and accessories, jewelry and watches, beauty, premium drinks, and living. The Mark shows that the brand continually invests in social good and environmental responsibility. Positive Luxury informs consumers, while creating positive pressure to drive change.
Campi Ya Kanzi is ranked highly for its ecotourism support in Kenya, which educates guests about sustainability and recycles waste. Fulgore, an Ecaudorian handmade accessories brand, received the Butterfly Mark for following waste reduction targets, recycling waste, eliminating hazardous substances from its products, ensuring that suppliers monitor the use of toxic chemicals in production, and making packaging from recycled, recyclable, FSC certified or PEFC certified materials.
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Michelin, Firestone and Pirelli
(SDG Targets 12.2, 12.5 and 12.6)
Michelin has created an innovative business model to recycle tires, creating additional revenues and facilitating better resource use. The company notes that tires can be reused as filling materials, soundproof walls, railroad ties, drainage solutions and synthetic surfaces for sports fields and playgrounds. Michelin says that 95% of end-of-life tires are recovered in Europe and 97% in Brazil. (Target 12.5)
Meanwhile, Firestone’s Spent Tire Initiative aims to keep tires out of natural habitats, creeks, and landfills and advance a “waste-free vision” for the tire industry. (Target 12.5)
Pirelli supports sustainability reporting, by asking suppliers to undergo climate change performance monitoring by CDP, and the company is on the UN Global Compact LEAD Steering Committee, aiming to improve companies’ communication on environmental, social and governance issues (Target 12.6). Pirelli also highlights its efforts for efficient use of water and other resources in the production process. It says water withdrawal has been reduced by 42% compared to 2009 levels, and aims to reduce it by 58% by 2020. (Target 12.2)
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WRAP
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SDG Targets 12.2 and 12.3)
WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) focuses on using resources sustainably around the world. The organization is working with the EU to prevent waste in the food supply chain, and is part of the United Nations’ Think.Eat.Save campaign. WRAP brings together like-minded organizations to create a global network focused on making grocery products more sustainable. The “Love Food Hate Waste” consumer campaign raises awareness about food waste and provides easy ways for people to reduce the amount of food they throw away.
Leather Working Group
(SDG Target 12.4)
The Leather Working Group (LWG) promotes sustainable environmental stewardship practices within the leather industry. It has created protocol to accurately assess the compliance and environmental stewardship practices of leather manufacturers. Companies such as Timberland then can ensure they are sourcing leather only from tanneries receiving a Gold or Silver rating from LWG. Learn more.
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Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group
(SDG Target 12.4)
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group members such as H&M are committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020. The Group has issued a Joint Roadmap outlining the 2020 goals related to “safe chemistries” for the apparel and footwear industry. Learn more.
Zoological Society of London
(SDG Target 12.5)
The Zoological Society of London is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity. In the Net-Works partnership with carpet tile manufacturer Interface, local community members are supported to recover discarded fishing nets in coastal areas in the Philippines and use them in making carpet tiles. Learn more.
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WIEGO Network
(SDG Target 12.5)
Waste pickers are essential to reclaiming waste for the recycling industry, which reduces greenhouse gases and supplies raw materials and packaging materials to stimulate the economy, notes the World Bank, which calls waste pickers “the world’s recyclers.” To integrate them into the solid waste sector and support their work, the WIEGO Network (Women in Informal Employment – Globalizing and Organizing) provides space and equipment and works to ensure fair prices for the waste they collect. Learn more.
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Xinca makes footwear with recycled material. The sole in our shoes is made out of the rubber taken from used tires, which are a threat to our environment. For the upper part of trainers we re- use fabric taken from pants, work uniforms or textile discard in general. In the productive process we offer job opportunities to people or sectors who, for different reasons, can’t have a formal job. We provide them with the material which we take to their home and they glue the pieces together and cut them out so that we can finish the product in the factory.
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The Global Challenge
Cities are large-scale users of energy, water and processed and natural products. Cities generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and produce waste beyond the planet’s regenerative and carrying capacity.
Cities also are sites of extreme deprivation for many people. Nearly 60% of urban dwellers in developing countries report being affected by crime. In addition, more than a billion people live in slums, where they experience poor housing conditions and inadequate access to basic services (e.g. sanitation, security, and clean water), health, sufficient food, decent transport, job opportunities and education. Youth and women are often worse off if they live in slums.
Your Business Opportunity
With nearly 75% of worldwide economic activity occurring in an urban setting, cities are responsible for most global consumption and production, and they drive development and economic growth.
The challenge and opportunity for economic activity in cities is to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Investments are needed in safe and affordable housing, upgrading slum settlements, public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management. Most metropolitan areas and cities around the world have already started investing in sustainable innovation and streamlining their infrastructure. The real estate sector must be committed to curbing speculation and forging sustainable business approaches for equitable service delivery and resource efficiency.
Make a Difference with Action on SDG 11
SDG 11 calls to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Its targets address housing, slums, transport and road safety, accessibility, sustainable urbanization, cultural and natural heritage, disasters, air quality and waste management, and green public spaces.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 11
Karibu Homes image Karibu Homes (SDG Target 11.1)
Karibu Homes is a residential and commercial real estate developer. Karibu Homes aims to set a new standard for affordable housing for families in Kenya, where 60% of urban residents live in slums. The homes are targeted at Kenya’s growing middle class, while also opening home ownership to low-income families, through two categories of houses for sale. The prices of the homes are set to ensure that monthly payments do not exceed one third of disposable income. The housing developments also include a commercial center and social amenities. Learn more.
The founders note that rapid urbanization is creating demand for such developments.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently visited Karibu Homes and announced his government’s own plans to provide affordable housing for Kenyans, saying he will study the model for replication in an upcoming government project.
TD Bank Green image TD Bank (SDG Target 11.7)
As part of its Green Streets program, TD Bank supports urban forestry projects in Canada, the US, the UK and Luxembourg, with over $50,000 in grants to date. TD Green Streets enables cities to grow and care for urban forests and increase community green spaces. Among the project supported include bio-swales, rain gardens, citizen pruner programs, urban orchards and “forest classrooms.”
Cisco (SDG Target 11.7)
Cisco seeks to ensure environmentally sound disposal of electronic products at the end of their useful life, noting that “the rapid proliferation of electronic products has led to more and more of them showing up at landfills.” Cisco’s Takeback and Recycle Program disassembles and processes equipment to retrieve steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, shredded circuit boards, and cables. The company returns these materials to the market, where they are made into new products. The program is open to all users of Cisco equipment and equipment branded by companies acquired by Cisco. It also works with customers to dispose of competitors’ or other IT products. Learn more about CSR in Cisco’s supply chain.
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The construction group has a specialization in sustainable buildings, including choosing building materials using a lifecycle approach and ensuring that projects will meet the requirements for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s system for energy and environmental classification of buildings. Learn more.
McKinsey & Company
Among McKinsey & Company’s services is working with mayors, urban planners, utilities and others to create sustainable cities, including to improve utility services, minimize waste, and reduce a city’s environmental footprint. It also works on strategies to revitalize older cities, and build “greenfield” cities that attract new jobs and industries while having a minimal carbon footprint. The company conducts independent research, participates in debates in partnership with universities, and explore new approaches to public-private partnerships. Learn more.
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C40 Cities image C40 Cities Initiative (SDG Target 11.6)
C40 is a network of the world’s megacities working together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well being and economic opportunities of urban citizens. Up to 80% of urban citizens are regularly exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), causing more than 3 million premature deaths worldwide every year, according to recent findings.
C40 Mayors are taking action for cleaner air and better public health through Low Emission Zones for private vehicles, low-emission public transport, and a partnership with MasterCard to connect megacities around the world in a “Mobility Management” network. The network will use data from MasterCard on public transport use to maximize transport systems’ efficiency, reduce infrastructure investment costs, and minimize emissions and air pollution.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Citi, CDP and Siemens are among C40’s funders and partners. Learn more.
As C40 says, “Cities are where the future happens first.”
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport (SDG Target 11.2)
A business and industry-led initiative, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport (GPST) focuses on material topics in the transportation sector, to enhance the industry’s positive footprint on ESG priorities. In addition to supporting existing transportation sector partnerships, the GPST initiative mobilizes business and industry associations to advocate the effective integration of ESG issues into macro topics such as trade facilitation and transit corridor development. Learn more about the transportation sector from the UN Global Compact.
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Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Video 2015 Community Engagement Nominee: Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
Paradigm’s L.I.F.E. program – L.I.F.E. (Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Readiness and Entrepreneurship Skills) is a train-the-trainer capacity building initiative to transform slums in Nigeria, as a model of intervention for other underserved communities. Training participants are then either matched with companies to complete internships or supported to pursue their entrepreneurial interests.
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This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
The Global Sourcing & Cloud Summit presented by The World BPO/ITO Forum
Tuesday, June 14th (Evening networking reception June 13th)
This exclusive executive summit is tailored for C-suite and senior decision-makers from mid to large-cap U.S. enterprise companies, currently using sourcing and cloud services or are interested in evaluating these opportunities.
As a partner of The World BPO/ITO Forum, GSC community members that qualify” will receive a complimentary pass. Register with code: VIPGSC.
*To qualify for this VIP invitation, you must be a senior-level executive from an enterprise company that is not a BPO/ITO service/solution provider or consultant/advisory firm.
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